How do you waste time?
Admit it, you do waste time, now don't you?
Except, maybe Martha Stewart. I heard her say once that she spent every single waking minute doing something productive. That was prior to a period of enforced reduced activity, however. Things change.
Back to wasting time.
To start, let me say that wasting time isn't really wasting time. We need to do things that aren't on our 'To Do' list. It recharges our batteries, gives our conscious a rest and gives our subconscious some free time to wrestle with those niggling problems.
But some of us have been raised with a work ethic that says if one is not going full tilt constantly, we need to feel guilty.
I was reminded of that by Kristin Espinasse's post today, in French Word-Day. (If you don't read her… You really should start) Her mari caught her putting on make-up and she immediately felt guilty from taking time away from 'work' to finish her morning toilet.
We should not feel guilty for taking the time to get dressed in the morning.
Or eat lunch or pet the puppies or lay on the grass and watch the clouds.
Some of us do.
I play computer games while I eat my lunch. (I'm not really wasting time because I'm doing two things at once). If mon mari catches me still playing after my plate is clean and I am no longer chewing, the guilt crashes in. I immediately close the game and get back to work.
The only time I intentionally do something totally frivolous for extended periods is in December.
I love to put together jigsaw puzzles.
What a time-waster!
It doesn't improve hand-eye coordination or increase my vocabulary or my math skills or anything else.
That is my Christmas present to me. I get to spend 90 minutes every day working on jigsaw puzzles for the whole month of December.
We have a daily date, you see – mon mari and I.
Every day we quit our respective daily work around 7 in the evening. I make a pot of tea and a bit of something sweet, and we sit in the den, put our feet up and watch 90 minutes of television. We've been doing this for years.
Usually, I sit with my laptop catching up on blogs or answering emails or doing the shopping list…
In December I pull out my jigsaw puzzle board and let everything else fall behind.
Happy Holidays to me!
What do you do to waste time relax / take a break?
Sneak in a quick game or Spider? Free Cell?
Clean shrimp? I make mon mari do that. Which is why I have to make his favorite often….
You do know that shrimp aren't fish, therefore we can have them frequently.
This was a staple in our diet in the US. For late dinners with no time to cook, frozen shrimp and bottled chili or creole sauce had it ready in no time.
Here, of course, I had to do it the, um, creative way.
Shrimp Creole over Brown Rice
10oz (300gr) cleaned shrimp
2 ribs celery, sliced
1 onion, roughly chopped
1/2 green pepper, roughly chopped
2 cups whole tomatoes, 15oz (450gr), roughly chopped, liquid reserved
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbs olive oil
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp soy sauce
1 tbs tomato paste
3 – 4 (or more) dashes Tabasco or other hot sauce (optional)
Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chili powder, paprika and sauté for 1 minute. Add celery, onion, pepper and sauté for 5 minutes, until starting to become tender. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute more. Add tomatoes, their juices, tomato paste, herbs and sauces. Bring to a boil, stirring well. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes until vegetables are done and sauce starts to thicken.
Taste and adjust sauce – adding Tabasco or other hot sauce if desired.
Turn heat to medium and add shrimp. Cook shrimp, stirring, until they start to curl and turn opaque, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and spoon over brown rice. Serve.
Just so you know – we also sit at a table, with candles buring, cloth placemats and napkins, and a glass of wine every night for dinner. We have for our entire married life – although it hasn't always been easy to accomplish…..